Running and sewing seem to be the two main themes in my life right now. I’m getting close to my next big run (I don’t call them races because I don’t ‘race’!), it’s a half marathon in Sunset Beach, NC on May 16. This will be my second Half and unless I let myself get talked into it again, it will be my last. I’m really not a fan of running more than 6 miles so I think I’ll stick to 10Ks in the future.
I ordered a variety pack of GU Energy gels so I tried out a few new flavors yesterday – I had Vanilla Bean before my run which tastes a lot like cake frosting, not great but not bad either. I had Salted Caramel during the run…so far that’s my favorite, but I’m a sucker for anything caramel! I also tried out compression calf sleeves to see if it would help during and/or after the run. Jury is still out because I really didn’t feel anything different. I’ll give them another chance tomorrow – if I don’t notice any difference they’re going back.
I had planned to get in 5 miles yesterday morning but I had a hard time falling asleep the night before and got up late…so I decided I would hit the pavement after work. Not a real good idea as the temps have started climbing here in the Carolinas; it was 81 degrees when I left the house – ugh – but at least there was very little humidity 😉 The heat got to me around 3.5 miles and I just had to call it quits at 4. Hopefully tomorrow morning will be better.
I started a new project over the weekend – I had already cut and sewed HST units a few weeks ago so I pieced them into a top approx 32×48. I wanted to finish it with a flannel backing using a pillow case technique (sew the right sides together leaving an opening and then turn it right side out). I finished that up tonight and now I’m toying with the idea of doing a few quilting lines following the diagonal pattern on the front…what do you think? Have you made a blanket like this and have you quilted it after you’ve sewn it together? I’d appreciate any feedback.
The front is made from a variety of fat quarters I received in the April shipment which was color themed Yellow. The backing is a teal flannel I picked up at Hobby Lobby. I threw in the multi-color chevron for a little contrast.
I still need to get more batting so I can finish the yellow & black lap quilt from the “Quilt-Along-With-Me” I’ve been following. The good news is I have next week off work so I hope to be able to spend time sewing…the only problem is we have friends planning to visit which could interfere with my sewing time…I’m so torn…
That’s all for now…